Chinautla is the ninth largest city in Guatemala and is densely populated, making it one of the densely populated cities in the country. There are plenty of employment opportunities for the locals and the expatriates that move from US and other countries.
Living in Chinautla is comfortable but the public transport isn’t as reliable or safe so it is best to have your own personal vehicle.
As Guatemala does not manufacture cars and vehicles, most of them are imported from US or other countries making it expensive to buy a new car here. That is why it is extremely affordable to import your own vehicle that you have been using in US for traveling in Chinautla. It is important to hire the services of an experienced shipping company like A1 Auto Transport service because shipping your vehicle internationally isn’t a viable solution if you try doing it on your own.
While we can assist you to get the best prices and ensure safety of your vehicle during transit. Clearing Guatemala Customs can be a time-consuming task if you are not well-versed with the import-export law of the country. You need to know that the import duty is 10% with an additional 12% VAT on the import, which is calculated on the basis of the insurance, shipping charges and the cost of the vehicle. However, when you entrust us with your vehicle shipment, we look after all aspects of it.
You need to notify the respective Customs department in US and Guatemala before the vehicle leaves the dock and when it reaches the destination port. Additionally, there is plenty of paperwork that needs to be completed. You will need to submit:
- Bill of Lading.
- Driving License.
- Bill of vehicle purchase.
- Listed details of the vehicle- VIN, chassis number, engine capacity, make, model.
- Insurance on the vehicle that is valid in Guatemala.
- Vehicle Inspection report.
- Registration documents.
- Power of attorney (optional)
If you need doorstep pickup and delivery, A1 Auto Transport service offers that. It is extremely convenient, but it will add to your shipping cost. You can call us and we’ll do as per your custom requirement. Though shipping insurance is added to the free quote that we’ll offer but if you are shipping an expensive vehicle, it helps to have additional marine insurance.
About shipping the vehicle.
Although there are three ways of shipping your car to Chinautla, air transportation can be disregarded as it is too expensive. The other two methods include Roll-on, Roll-Off and Container shipping. If you have a tight budget and are only shipping your vehicle, then RORO works well. But of you have personal goods to move as you might be moving on a long term basis, then container shipping works better. Here your vehicle and other goods are packed within a large container and sealed. The shipping agent will help you with the details about the shipping methods.
Customs regulations for auto import.
There are specific requirements and eligibility for importing your vehicle here. You can only import one vehicle that is less than 10 years old while any truck that you are importing cannot be over the age of 13 years. In case, any documents is missing there is a penalty of $150 approximately that has to be paid. If you need more information on the import and eligibility, it is best to contact the Embassy of Guatemala.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.